Halloween Money Saving Tips
Halloween is coming up. This is a fun celebration and a great time for the whole family, but it can also be very expensive. A 2017 poll found that the average person spends between $169 to $183 on Halloween each year. And that amount will likely continue to increase as time goes on.
That’s a lot of money. Of course, just because you don’t want to spend a bunch of money, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. Here are five ways to save money this Halloween.
Buy Candy in Bulk
Halloween candy and other treats can eat up a large portion of your budget, especially if you’re not careful with your spending. One of the best ways to save money on treats is to buy in bulk. Shop at a bulk food store or warehouse store to get pretty significant savings. If you find that the very large packages they sell at warehouse stores are too big, consider splitting a box with a friend or neighbor.
Bulk food stores are also a good option, as you can buy only as much as you need, so you don’t need to spend money on candy that you won’t end up giving out (or eating yourself!)
Check out the Dollar Store
Dollar stores and other similar stores often have bargain prices on decorations, plates, napkins, and even costumes. Even if you can’t build your whole costume from dollar store items, you can probably find some parts at the dollar store, saving you quite a lot of money.
If you’re holding a Halloween party, the dollar store is the perfect place to start looking for supplies. Before you look anywhere else, see if you can get as much as possible from the dollar store, then check out other options later to fill in what you couldn’t get.
Reuse Old Items
Depending on how long you’ve been celebrating Halloween, you likely have a bunch of older decorations, supplies, and costumes sitting around. You don’t need to get new decorations every year. Reuse what you have and save some money. Before you go shopping, take some time, do an inventory of what you already own, and then figure out reuse in new and exciting ways.
Another good way to reuse items is to check out your closet. You might be able to create an entire costume out of old clothes that you don’t wear anymore. Be creative and think of what you can do with what you have in your closet before you rush out and buy a whole new costume.
If you don’t have any suitable old clothing at home, check out second-hand stores. You’ll probably be able to find something great for your costume and it likely won’t cost you more than a few dollars. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Not only will it probably take you a while to find something you like, but there is a good chance that many of the good items will sell out quickly.
Comparison Shop Online
Don’t just shop at the first Halloween store you find. Thanks to the internet, it’s easy and convenient to comparison shop online. You might find that online stores are able to offer discounts that bricks-and-mortar retailers are not, but this won’t always be the case. Sometimes a local store will be able to charge less, and you won’t have to pay for shipping either. If you shop around, you’ll have the best chance at getting a great price.
Shop in Advance
As mentioned earlier, you’ll want to give yourself some time when you’re shopping for Halloween. There are many reasons why. The first is that, when you have more time, you’ll be able to do a more thorough job comparison shopping. You’ll also have more time to be creative and think of a great costume idea that won’t cost you very much.
If you wait until the last minute, there’s a good chance that all of the good, affordable items will be sold out. Not only could this mean that you’ll miss out on something great, but you could end up in a position where you end up buying something more expensive because it’s the only thing left.